7 days in healthcare (May 22nd-28th, 2023)



From the point of view of Biomedicine, to point out the cerebral signs in the orbito-frontal cortex detected in chronic pain, which opens the possibility of implanting devices to alleviate pain. An AI-based digital bridge enables paraplegics to walk, raising hope that neurotechnology can help overcome numerous disabilities. The contribution of AI in the interpretation of radiological images is the subject of an extensive review in the New England Journal Medicine. Science magazine publishes advances in regenerative medicine, which helps to recover tissues damaged in many diseases.

With regard to Global Health, The Economist shows with its model that global deaths are 5% above the pre-pandemic era, speculating about whether the stress on health systems due to the covid could have left many people without treatment, which would have increased mortality. Child labor, so present even in developed countries, is the subject of an analysis by The Lancet. The WHO, for its part, warns that the next pandemic may be even deadlier than covid.

As for International Health Policy, the most striking thing is both the editorial and the article that The Economist dedicates to the National Health Service. He goes on to say that although the NHS may need more money, money alone would not solve its problems, calling for “a radical change of focus”, but not like those that some are calling for to move closer to social insurance-type models such as in Germany and France, which he considers unnecessary. He believes that the change consists of orienting the system more towards health, as its name indicates, and less towards disease. Less focus on hospitals and more on community health; from treatment to prevention; and valuing the results more than the activity inputs.

If we talk about National Health Policy (Spain), to highlight the change of political sign, with the departure of the PSOE and the arrival of the PP, in the governments of the Valencian Community, Cantabria, the Balearic Islands, Extremadura and Aragon. This is going to have health consequences. Although it is early to tell, it will surely give continuity to the concession model in the Valencian Community. The latest weekly report from the WHO on covid shows that Spain is currently the country in Europe with the highest mortality per 100,000 inhabitants from this disease. The Community of Madrid has a serious problem attracting professionals, leaving many positions for primary care doctors and paediatricians vacant. Debate on training in the SNS, for important professional associations, such as FACME, the SNS by itself will not be able to maintain teaching professionals without collaboration with the industry. The Government of Navarra is investigating several doctors for breach of exclusivity, apparently only in force in Navarra, Galicia and Asturias. It is surprising that the form of application of a national law depends on the political sign of the autonomous governments.

At the Business level, internationally, Pfizer reaches an agreement with the EU to reduce the supply of covid vaccines. At the national level, it should be noted that HIPRA, after two months of approval of its vaccine, only sells it in Spain.


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  • AIDS
    • According to the report of the Carlos III Health Institute, 92.5% of people living with HIV in Spain would know their infection diagnosis; 96.6 are receiving antiretroviral treatment and 90.4 have suppressed viral load. The decrease in the undiagnosed fraction is the data that presents the greatest evolution in this report (https://www.isciii.es/Paginas/Inicio.aspx)


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